A Saturday (un)like the others!
For me, Saturday is the most anticipated day of the week. Saturday is Masterbrass Academy day. The day starts early for my class, that of euphonium. At 9.30 Aron, Mario, Mattia, Stefano and Paolo are already lined up and ready to start, but not with the instrument. We begin, instead, with loosening up our muscles (some have already driven for two hours) and some breathing exercises.
We stay together in a group till 11AM where we touch the fundamental technical aspects of the study of a brass instrument, but above all we dedicate ourselves to ensemble music, the backbone of our teaching as it was in the school of our teacher, Maestro Guido Delmonte: only by playing in small chamber groups can we understand if the musical path taken is the right one.
In the meantime, more sounds echo from the other rooms; those of the horn from Massimo Capelli's class, of the trumpet from that of Alberto Frugoni, of the trombone and bass trombone from Davide Biglieni's and Stefano Belotti's class. After a well-deserved coffee break we move to a smaller room for individual lessons, but above all we leave room for Stefano who teaches the brass quintet of Masterbrass, a young but active group that's already got a few concerts under its belt. Their study is intense and precise, as the quintet is expanding its repertoire for an upcoming chamber music competition.
In the afternoon, right after school, the younger students arrive at Cavalli Musica. They've already eaten a quick sandwich on their way here and are ready to immediately get to work. We soon hear the piano but also the deep sounds of the tubas: Luca Capoferri and Felice Dall'Era have arrived, now the team is complete! We go on till 6:30PM between individual lessons, piano duo, brass trio, trombone quartet, harmony and ear training lessons. The final appointment is for the aperitif, where we chat, laugh and joke ... we are united by our passion for music and a beautiful friendship. We say goodbye and schedule to meet next Saturday, we're all tired but very satisfied.
As the day comes to end, my colleagues and I reflect on the importance of music and realize teaching is, indeed, the gift that keeps on giving.